Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Featured Books Week: World Without Fish

Title: World Without Fish
Author: Mark Kurlansky
Publisher: Workman Publishing, 2011

Let's kick off our Featured Books Week with World Without Fish, a book that teaches kids-and adults- about activism and how our actions affect the environment.  Sometimes a chapter book, sometimes a graphic novel, World Without Fish explains what's happening to underwater ecosystems, and what kids of any age can do to help. On the dust jacket, author Mark Kurlansky says, "Welcome to a special moment in history: A time when your generation, more than any other, has the opportunity to save the planet, and it all begins with fish."

Fun text and pictures keep the book exciting for readers of all ages, although its message is important for everyone. The final chapters explain not only how to eat fish safely and sustainably, but how kids of any age can make a difference. Kurlansky also provides an annotated listing of organizations and environmental groups working on marine issues. Not only is this book a fun, interesting read, it's also an important call to action. As Kurlansky says in Chapter 11, "it's time to wake up and smell the fish!"

What can you do?